• noun a soft French cheese, made in large flat round shapes


  • masculine A soft, smooth, full-fat cows’ milk cheese, formed into a large wheel shape with a surface fungus used to develop its flavour. It matures in about 6–8 weeks when the centre should be soft but not runny with a faint mushroom aroma and a mild piquant, aromatic and slightly acid taste. Usually sold in wedges, sometimes flavoured with herbs, etc. and now available in a blue-veined version. Contains 46 per cent water, 30 per cent fat and 22 per cent protein.